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on this saturday terror. isis sends a message calling the shooters martyrs and tonight an emerging portrait of the female suspect. plus, what we now know about where the killers got their arsenal of weapons. the new chicago police documents that contradict what was seen on the dash cam video of a police officer fatally shooting a teenager. a new risk factor doctors say should not be ignored. and for the ageing. when these students moved into a retirement community
elderly, it was music to their ears. "nightly news" begins now. good evening. tonight, we begin with a nation increasingly on edge as details slowly emerge about the san bernardino shooters and the weapons they used to carry out their vicious attack. in an online radio broadcast today isis praises the two shooters and this comes as the president is ramping up his language saying the act was an act of terror. we have it all covered and we begin in redland, california. >> reporter: in this bedroom community outside los angeles, neighbors tell nbc news sigh yed farook and
appeared normal. today the group isis praised the attack, calling the couple martyrs, but there's no evidence that the attack was directed by a militant group. malik was born in pakistani pakistan. she spent time in the punjab province in her early years and later went to university there which was a hotbed for recruiting. there was no signs she was involved with radical islamic some say u.s. officials are right to ask if she radicalized her husband. >> i think tashfeen malik selected a clean candidate to be her cohort in terrorism. in duos, we have a primary actor who manipulates a more vulnerable subservient person.
married farook after arabia. he was born in chicago. a college graduate with a good paying job as a restaurant inspector in san friends say there was no way he was the master mind. >> this is something political because this brother, he couldn't have done that. >> reporter: the shooters' home where they raised a 6-month-old daughter was a bomb making factory. killed by police in the shootout, their deadly plot ending in the hands of er doctors. >> this is something i'll never forget. i'll never be able to fully conceive how those patients' families were affected. >> reporter: the 14 dead are mothers father mothers, daughters. johnson shielded her saying three words, i got you.
tribute to his in a massacre where there are still so many questions. they knew very little about the couple. >> thank you for that report. president obama met with his national security team today for a briefing on the investigation. officials say there's no solid evidence tying this attack to any specific terror group. our justice correspondent pete williams is following this angle. pete, good evening. >> kristin, good evening. the white house says the president was told today they found no indication that the couple was part of an organized group or terror cell. james comey says several factors suggest they were radicalized. among them their extensive preparations, the way they built their bombs, and the pledge
that malik posted before the shooting. no sign at this point that the couple was in direct contact with anyone from any terror group. investigators hope they'll discover the couple's motives on the computers and cell phones they left behind, but the couple damaged those devices before the shooting. while the lab at washington is working overtime to recover that data, that work is slow going. >> pete williams from our washington newsroom. thank you, pete. we are learning more tonight about the four guns used in the massacre and where they came from. it turns out two of those guns, the assault rifles, were purchased by a friend of syed farook. >> reporter: the attack on the holiday party didn't take long. roughly 75 rounds in just a matter of minutes. overnight, law enforcement searched a house belonging to a friend of syed farook who they believe originally purchased the two assault rifles during the rampage.
the other in 2012. authorities say they do not consider him a suspect in the mass shooting, but they want to know when the guns were transferred to the couple. >> it's an urban tactical weapon. >> reporter: the ar-15s have been used in some of the deadliest shootings in history. 2012 in aurora, colorado, james holmes used it to kill 12 people at a late night movie. less than six months later, adam lanza used a rifle called the bushmaster to kill 20 children and 6 adults at sandy hook elementary. assault rifles like these are relatively light and easy to use. >> could i potentially learn how to use this gun in an afternoon? >> you can potentially learn how to use this gun in two minutes. >> reporter: the couple tried to alter one rifle to make it fully automatic, but their attempts failed.
of california says a magazine can only hold ten rounds, but the shooters had magazines that could hold 30 and they had them taped together. when magazine finished, all they needed to do was flip it and use the next one. federal investigators took security video and financial records from this gun range. the couple may not have needed much practice. law enforcement officials tell nbc news the man who originally bought the gun has not been abl to tell them how or when they ended up in the couple's hands. they say he's been too emotionally distraught to give them that level of detail. >> just a fascinating look at assault rifles. we have a program note now. chuck todd will have much more on the san bernardino shootings tomorrow on "meet the press." as we told you earlier, president obama spoke out again today about this
so did some of the presidential candidates. the massacre is having a pronounced impact on the rhetoric of the campaign with new warnings by the candidate about the terror threat. among those weighing in today was donald trump. we were with him today in iowa. >> reporter: addressing the tragedy in san bernardino today, president obama came as close as he's ever come to using the words words radical islamic terror. the president cautioning we need to know all the facts before laying the blame on global terror networks was panned by the republican hopefuls, who accused him of backing away from an all out assault on isis. >> radical islamic terrorists, it's what this is a war. we're in a war. >> reporter: his poll numbers rising, donald trump is leading the way, positioning
toughest on terror. >> this [ bleep ] is not going to happen anymore. >> reporter: the billionaire arguing for racial profiling waterboarding. trump even taking it a step further to target the families of suspected terrorists. the heated rhetoric not exclusive to the frontrunner. >> we're seeing the evil of radical islamic terrorism here at home, murdering innocent people. we now live in. he was born in the united states. he was a u.s. citizen. >> reporter: republican voters say they are afraid and as of now the man most protected them is donald trump. >> you're not going to be scared anymore. they're going to be scared. you're not going to be >> reporter: republican voters say regardless of who
for they do believe donald trump is the most qualified candidate when it comes to foreign policy and isis inexperience. one more note on for the first time since 1920, "the new york times" ran an editorial today. it calls for greater regulation of guns in this country following the string of recent a bystander confrontation confrontation.
-- >> i know there are videos out there in the media. if you slow those videos down carefully, you will see that the weapon is raised at the moment in which the shot takes place. >> reporter: while the fbi is investigating the attempted bank robbery, the shooting in the city of miami beach is being investigated by agents. it's a new policy here. at outgrowth of the 2011 shooting. once the independent investigation is completed, it will sent to the miami-dade state attorney, who will make the financial decision final decision. chapter tonight in that controversial police shooting of a teenager in chicago more than a year ago.
police released dash cam video of the shooting just last week. then they released surveillance tape from a burger king with an 80-minute gap. now they have released contradictory police reports from the officers who watched the shooting. >> reporter: in hundreds of pages of official and handwritten police statements a startling the shooting that took 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. in police reports released by the state late friday officer jason van dyke, who has been charged with first-degree murder, and five other officers seemed to directly contradict the dash cam video last week. when mcdonald's got to within 12 to 15 feet of the officers, he swung the knife toward the officers in an aggressive manner. the officers are called the victims. the 17-year-old the offender. while the video shows
ground shot 16 times, officers reported mcdonald continued moving on the ground, attempting to get up while still armed with the knife. the report also introduces a possible defense for van dyke, who has pleaded not guilty. a previously issued chicago police department bulletin warning of a weapon, which was a knife, but which actually was capable of firing a bullet. today, there were new calls for protest and resignations following the ousted summit ed ed superintendentmc -- garry mccarthy. >> reporter: chicago department is now investigating the
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in mourning and many are feeling the sorrow of the city. the holiday spirit was also on display. >> reporter: it would have been easy for san bernardino to call off this year's ymca christmas parade, to silence the bands and pack away the costumes, to tell kids who practiced for months to stay home. yes, that would have been easy, but this town needed something else. >> i think it needs a parade more than ever. a good blue collar town like san bernardino is going to stand up and fight. >> reporter: about 1500 people, mostly kids, are marching in the parade. organizers questioned whether to cancel it, but decided last night to go forward. as a precaution, they doubled the police presence. peace of mind for many like patty cruz. >> it's really sad right now.
granddaughter works at the inland regional center. the scene of wednesday's mass shooting. >> she made it out okay. >> reporter: still what happened paralyzed this community. >> what do you think it will take to get life back to normal here? >> time. i think just time. no matter what life goes on and you cannot be afraid to live your life. >> reporter: san bernardino is slowly starting to heal and for patty cruz's family, today is part of that process. >> this is for them. we need to bring them out and let them know we're going to be okay. >> reporter: a wounded yet resilient town fighting fear with joy. incredible resilience resilience. that is "nightly news" for this saturday.